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Piggish bass had eyes bigger than stomach

Army sergeant is rifle champ at Perry


A largemouth bass apparently choked to death while trying to make a meal out of a large sunfish in the pond on the property of Rita Adams of Wauseon.


Just how large of an appetite does a gluttonous largemouth bass have?

Rita Adams of Wauseon owns a one-acre pond full of largemouth bass, bluegills, and sunfish, but she did not realize until recently just how big a dinner a bass may try to eat.

On a walk along the pond’s banks recently, she came upon a dandy largemouth bass, dead, its mouth wedged apart by a large sunfish that it had tried to swallow but could not.

“I had been away and it was washed up on the bank,” Adams said.

By the way, she prefers to fish Lake Erie for walleye. “I love fishing, but not in my pond.”

  • Lake Erie: Walleye fishing has been was good over the past week, with most positive reports coming from the east side of the reef complex around Niagara Reef and Crib Reef, and along the Canadian border from Gull Island Shoal to North Bass Island, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife at Sandusky.

Fish are being taken by trolling with divers and spoons, and also on in-line weights with worm harnesses. Fish can also be caught by casting mayfly rigs or drifting with bottom-bouncers and worm-harnesses.

Yellow perch fishing also has been good, mainly around the Toledo Water Intake, east of Ballast Island, north of Lucy’s Point on Middle Bass Island, off Lakeside, and the southeast corner of Kelleys Island. Anglers are using spreaders with shiners fished near the bottom.

Good catches of largemouth bass are reported from the harbors and nearshore areas from Catawba to Marblehead. Smallmouth bass have been taken around South Bass Island and Middle Bass Island, the division said.

  • Army Sgt. Joseph Hein, of Phenix City, Ala., has won the title of national three-position small-bore [.22] rifle champion at the National Rifle and Pistol Matches at Camp Perry.

Hein, who fired a 2379-153X score out of a possible 2400, also won the event in 2009. Second place went to Garrette Spurgeon, of Canton, Mo., at 2376-132X, and third to Tarl Kempley, of Carson City, Nev., at 2373-157X among 322 shooters. The X-score refers to the number of tie-breaking bull’s-eyes.

The three-position championship or 3-P, refers to three shooting positions, standing, kneeling, and prone. It includes the composite score of two events, the metallic sight championship and the any-sight championship.

Hein first won the metallic sight 3-P event at 1188-73X out of 1200 possible, followed by Spurgeon at 1187-60X and Kempley at 1183-74Xamong a field of 322. Hein finished second in any-sight 3-P at 1191-80X, behind Army Staff Sgt. Shane Barnhart, also of Phenix City, who fired an 1197-80X in a field of 320 shooters.

The second phase of the small-bore championships, the grueling 640-rounds of the prone position competition, are being completed this week, with range-changes over the weekend for the beginning of high-power rifle competition.

In the prone metallic sight competition, Reya Kempley, of Carson City, Nev., took the overall title and the high woman title as well with a score of 2400-182X out of a possible 2400-240X. Her shooting was near perfect.

Second place went to Mark Delcotto, of Lexington, Ky., at 2398-197X, and third went to Army Staff Sgt. Michael McPhail, of Phenix City, Ala., at 2398-192X. A total of 315 shooters fired the match.

Past prone champion Kevin Nevius, of Gibsonburg, fired 2392-175X for ninth among master civilian shooters.

  • The Ohio State Fair in Columbus, which opened Wednesday and runs through Aug. 7, includes an eight-acre Natural Resources Park, in the southeast corner of the state fairgrounds. Outdoor and indoor nature exhibits feature hands-on learning.

A 15-foot-high Smokey Bear is at the park entrance next to the Natural Resources Pavilion, which offers a variety of interactive exhibits promoting conservation and outdoor recreation, such as Explore the Outdoors and a demonstration dog park as well as a replica eagle’s nest.

Paddle sports opportunities are available in a 7,000-square-foot kayak pond, located next to the pavilion. It is open to children and parents alike and offers instruction on the importance of wearing proper fitting life-jackets and on paddling basics.

Visit online at for more details. A daily amphitheater schedule can be downloaded directly to a smart phone. For more information about the state fair, go to

Contact Steve Pollick at: or 419-724-6068

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